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The Very Hungry Zombie: A Parody Hardcover – October 16, 2012

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About the Author

Michael Teitelbaum is the author of more 150 children’s books including young adult and middle-grade novels, tie-in novelizations, and picture books as varied as Spider-Man, Superman, Avatar, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Smallville, X-Men, Batman, Transformers, Garfield, and Kermit the Frog. His books include the sports series Backyard Sports, Weird Sports, Jackie Robinson: Champion for Equality, and The Scary States of America.

Jon Apple is an artist and illustrator. He is versed in every method and medium imaginable—from greetings cards to editorial cartoons; from posters to portraiture; from fine art to PhotoShop.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620871823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620871829
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 7.4 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The Very Hungry Zombie resembles both the classic picture book in its look as well as the storyline and artwork inside. The book resembles a small children's board book (pages thick and durable, not paper). It is really well done being that it retains what the original story was about, a creature that eats, and eats until it is so full it needs to sleep for a long time. The book also retains the teaching of learning each day of the week, like as the caterpillar did, for example this zombie "On Tuesday he chewed through two party clowns. But they tasted kind of funny."

The illustrations by Jon Apple pay homage to Eric Carle's caterpillar ones, they use the same colours, are very basic and retain the caterpillar mouth's circle bit taken out of each page. Now Apple could have used teeth marks or a human looking bite but I think the simple holes instantly conjure up the original tale being parodied as you read this version. None of the illustrations inside a gory, scary or inappropriate for kids of any age. My favourite is actually not in the story itself but instead on the back cover of a zombie sitting on a park bench drinking his human head's insides through a straw with a packet of French fingers dripping blood instead of ketchup in his other hand. Although you can get this as a Kindle book, for me the fun of this is in its resemblance to an actual board book so having a physical picture book is the way to go in my recommendation.
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By Chelsey on January 24, 2016
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I have a zombie obsessed three year old. Not sure how that happened but either way when Christmas came along he asked for "Zombie Toys"...with limited options especially that are still somewhat appropriate for a young child I stumbled across this book. I was a bit wary at first that it may be inappropriate but for our family I found that it was fine and quite cute. He was always a fan of the Hungry Caterpillar so this was a fun take on that book with a twist of his zombie obsession as well. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone, it really is a fun cute read for all ages who like a bit of spook!
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This is a great parody of the very hungry caterpillar. We really enjoy the art style and the bright colors are really wonderful. None of the imagery is really terrible- it's pretty much like what you would see on any 'mad scientist' toy made for kids. Even the images of brains and eyeballs are brightly colored and very toony.
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Had to wait a truly long time for the shipment but WOW worth it. My little boy is a true lover of both reading and zombies. I was a bit concerned that this would be gory but it truly is not if your child already enjoys games like Plants vs. Zombies. My 5 year-old thought this was a hoot since he truly got the parody!
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my daughter loved this book, she loves everything zombies and monsters related. I am psychologically preparing myself for a goth teenager (shivers). anyway, cute fun book for kids, takes the scary out of zombies.
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My 10 year old son wanted this book. He used to love Eric Carle as a little kid. He loved this book. The illustrations are spot on when it comes to Eric Carle. The story is super cute for a kid who loves zombies like he does. Same exact story line as The Hungry Caterpillar, the caterpillar is replaced with a zombie. The zombie rises out of his grave and is hungry, then eats through astronauts, football players, clowns, etc.... Then he eats through a ton of body parts leaving him feeling badly. So he then eats through some brains. Goes back in his grave, then the havoc begins. All the people he ate are now zombies. This is not a story for children under the age of 8. My son is 10 and loves zombies, he thought this story was super funny. I did too! Cute book for zombie lovers.
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I enjoyed reading the story to my son. I was thinking it was a normal sized book but it is a little bigger than a board book for little children. I was disappointed in that but the book itself was fun and different so I can overlook the fact that it isn't a normal sized book. Everyone in the family enjoyed looking at the book and reading it, from college grads to elementary students it brought smiles & laughter.
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I sent this to some very sleep-deprived new parents to read when the baby is up for the 5th time in the middle of the night. The baby enjoys the bright colors, and the parents get a laugh at a time that could otherwise be really tense and unhappy.
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